This week the most recent victim, 43-year-old Jesse Matthew Tremaine, died after crashing his motorcycle on one of The Tail's most dangerous curves, the gravity cavity. The man took a curve too fast, lost control of his motorcycle, face-planted, and never woke up from the brain injury and coma that came afterward. He died in the hospital after almost a month of intensive care.
One problem with the Dragon's Tail is that emergency responders aren't sure who is responsible for what parts of the road - with two North Carolina Counties trying to figure out who should be called in emergencies. Two places in particular, including the Hellbender in Swain County on NC 28, are confusing to EMS and police in Graham County and Swain County.